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80D Auto power off disabled, but still shuts down

Hello, 

 

I'm making a time lapse in the following configuration:

- manual model

- Nikon lens (with adapter)

- ACK-E6 power adapter

- Auto power off setting is set to disabled

- the shutter is triggered by an external remote (cable)

 

I'm attempting a timelapse with a recording time span of 3 weeks.

The setup works perfect for at least 8 hours, but the next day, the camera is off. Half-pressing the shutter does not turn the camera on again. I have to switch it off and on in order to resume the time lapse.

 

Did I miss a setting? I looked through the manual, but couldn't find anything related.

 

The setup is automated via a microcontroller that switches on a light for the exposure. This is why I can't use the built in interval timer.

 

All the best,

Elias

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Registered: ‎08-13-2015

Re: 80D Auto power off disabled, but still shuts down

It could be overheating.  Monitor it more carefully.

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Re: 80D Auto power off disabled, but still shuts down

Thank you Waddizzle for your quick reply.

I'll pay attention to the camera warming up.

 

One thing I've noticed is that the battery icon is half way empty after about 8 hours of operation (one picture every 7 minutes).

This is strange to me since the camera's power comes from a ACK-E6 power adapter.

I assume, that somewhere arround 16 hours of operation, the battery icon will show that it's empty, and the camera will shut down. Is the ACK-E6 not delivering enough power? It was noted as compatible with the 80D.

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Re: 80D Auto power off disabled, but still shuts down


@eliasheuninck wrote:

Thank you Waddizzle for your quick reply.

I'll pay attention to the camera warming up.

 

One thing I've noticed is that the battery icon is half way empty after about 8 hours of operation (one picture every 7 minutes).

This is strange to me since the camera's power comes from a ACK-E6 power adapter.

I assume, that somewhere arround 16 hours of operation, the battery icon will show that it's empty, and the camera will shut down. Is the ACK-E6 not delivering enough power? It was noted as compatible with the 80D.


I can't imagine why the battery icon would show any change at all while the camera is operating with an AC adapter. What does it show when you first turn it on? I guess I could understand it, for example, it showed a half charge continuously. But a change in the condition of a battery that isn't there doesn't make sense.

 

I suppose one possibility is that the adapter is unable to produce a DC charge as fast as the camera uses it up. But assuming that that's even electrically possible, it would seem to indicate a problem with the adapter (or with your line voltage), not with the camera.

 

If Waddizzle is right that the camera is overheating, that could be an indication that the current is too high. And that in turn could suggest that the voltage produced by the adapter is too low. (Power = volts x amps, and for a given level of power consumption, a lower than normal voltage requires a higher current.) Alternatively, if it's the adapter that's overheating, it might contain a circuit breaker that turns it off while it cools. And that, in turn, would shut down the camera.

Bob
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Re: 80D Auto power off disabled, but still shuts down

Thank you Bob, 

 

I know, the battery icon behaves weird.

It shows a full battery when plugged in for the first time, but after about 8 hours it's two bars down. The next morning the camera is dead.

The change in the icon is indeed counter intuitive. I'll use a power supply instead of the AC adapter in two days.

I'll come back to update my results here.

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Re: 80D Auto power off disabled, but still shuts down


@eliasheuninck wrote:

Thank you Bob, 

 

I know, the battery icon behaves weird.

It shows a full battery when plugged in for the first time, but after about 8 hours it's two bars down. The next morning the camera is dead.

The change in the icon is indeed counter intuitive. I'll use a power supply instead of the AC adapter in two days.

I'll come back to update my results here.


You need to monitor it more closely.  You need to witness the operating conditions leading up to the moment of failure.

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